Reproductive Health & Rights

Reproductive rights—having the ability to decide whether and when to have children—are important to women’s socioeconomic well-being and overall health. Research suggests that being able to make decisions about one’s own reproductive life and the timing of one’s entry into parenthood is associated with greater relationship stability and satisfaction, more work experience among women, and increased wages and average career earnings. In recent years, policies affecting women’s reproductive rights in the United States have substantially changed at both the federal and state levels.

Since 1996, IWPR has produced its Reproductive Rights Index, tracking and grading each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia on a series of indicators related to women’s reproductive health and autonomy, including access to abortion and contraception, same-sex couples’ parental rights, infertility coverage, and sex education.

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